Racing returns to Caulfield this Saturday and we’re greeted with another rain affected track.
The track is currently rated a Soft 5 and we’re expecting overcast conditions.
The rail is at the true position for the entire circuit, which should see fair racing.
QUADDIES (Races: 6-7-8-9)
SKINNY PLAY: 8 / 3,10 / 2,13 / 5,8
WIDE PLAY: 1,2,3,8 / 3,4,10,11,12 / 1,2,3,13 / 5,6,7,8,12
R1 12.00pm CAROL KELLY PLATE 2000m
TURBO STREET looks to get a lovely run just in behind them from the favorable barrier and under an in-form Craig Williams. Came through a hot form race to win last time and that looks the sort of win that can springboard him on to more success this campaign. Some query out to 2000m but maps to get the perfect run to see the trip out.
MAGIC CONSOL ticked the 2000m box last time. Ran really well in the Country Cup at Flemington and that form should hold up at this level. Close up effort from behind Royal Rapture two back reads well after he stepped out and won again last week.
KHUTULUN finds it hard to win these days but her form is certainly good enough to figure in the finish here. She loomed up like she was going to go straight past Savannah Moon at Flemington last Saturday but just peaked on her run late and had to settle for 2nd. She strips fitter for this and is yet to miss a place from 4 runs over this trip. Barrier and the 3kg claim are also ticks.
STRAIGHT JACKET is on the quick back-up here after finishing 3rd to the progressive Name The Day at Flemington last Saturday. He stays at 2000m but drops from 57kg to 55.5kg for leading apprentice Dylan Dunn. He should get a relatively easy lead here and Caulfield appears more suitable than Flemington. You're getting better than even-money for him to run a drum which appeals.
SELECTIONS: No2 TURBO STREET, No3 Khutulun, No1 Magic Consol, No4 Straight Jacket
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Straight Jacket
R2 12.35pm VOBIS GOLD STAYERS 2400m
BONDEIGER did little first-up for Weir, but was much better here last start and was desperately unlucky not to at least place. With that natural improvement, should be the one to beat.
SCHERZOSO got a race to suit here last time and he took full advantage, winning well. Form this preparation has all been working out well and he should still have plenty of upside. Little query is the step up to 2400m.
ONCIDIUM RULER is an out-and-out stayer who won't have any issues with the rise to 2400m. All three of his runs since resuming have been terrific and he'll probably appreciate getting onto a less-grueling surface (last two runs on heavy). Brad Rawiller is a handy engagement.
AUTHORITARIAN boasts an incredible record at 2400m+, winning 3 from 3 by a combined margin of 9.5L. The further the better with him so the drop back in trip isn't ideal.
SELECTIONS: No3 BONDEIGER, No4 Scherzoso, No5 Oncidium Ruler, No1 Authoritarian
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Authoritarian
R3 1.10pm BRIAN RECKAS HANDICAP 1000m
CRAFTY COP looked outstanding in a recent jump-out and has been backed accordingly in early betting. He won his debut by nearly three lengths before recording a G3 placing behind Attention and subsequent G1-winner Prized Icon. He ticks plenty of boxes here and should have every chance from the nice draw.
KENTUCKY MISS is well equipped to handle a high pressure contest with the run under her belt. She won impressively at Wyong and while it is a long way from Wyong to Caulfield, that was a really competitive race and one that can be expected to hold up as a form reference in the city.
FROMPARIS WITHLOVE ran a couple of eye-catching races in her first prep and can come back a better filly this time around. She should be winning races this time around.
NASDEX was an impressive winner last night and should take plenty of confidence from that performance.
SELECTIONS: No3 CRAFTY COP, No8, Kentucky Miss, No10, Fromparis Withlove, No7 Nasdex
VALUE RUNNER: No10, Fromparis Withlove
R4 1.48pm JOHN SKEWES HANDICAP 1200m
ANATOLA can be right up there around that pace from barrier two. Has the claim for a talented apprentice and in a high pressure race that can be telling. Like the improvement she made from the first up 1100m to the 1200m last time and can peak third up on the back of that.
CARTERISTA was huge on debut here on July 2nd. Debuting in open 3-year-old grade, she belied her SP of $51 to beat all bar the talented Eden-trained Ocean Embers. Parnham found himself in an awkward spot on the fence around the home turn but she really caught the eye late after getting to the outside of runners. Williams takes the steer today and she should relish the extra 100m.
YASNAT comes off a low pressure race. Had the favours at the Valley but she was good enough to make the most of them and not dismissing her lightly in this. Sounds Works has the form to figure and a soft barrier. Should be around the mark.
DECONI has finished third in her past two starts and gets a 2kg claim here. She does have to overcome a wide gate though.
SELECTIONS: No3 ANATOLA, No10 Carterista, No2 Yasnat, No12 Deconi
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Yasnat
R5 2.25pm HELEN EGAN HANDICAP 2000m
HURSLEY was outstanding running 3rd at Flemington three-back and both the winner Lady Selkirk and runner-up Justa Hint have won since. He won at this track/distance on July 2 before just battling into 3rd over the same route last start. The handicapper has caught up with him but he should be competitive again from the favorable draw.
ALAMONTEEL won well enough in Adelaide last time and has the upside to come here and measure right up. She claims to get a good weight pull on Hursley and if the pressure is on over the 2000m that could be all important.
PALACE TYCOON has raced himself into a bit of form in his latest couple. 2000m is clearly what he was looking for and he was able to run past Hursley last time. That formline has to be respected as there is clearly not a great deal between the pair.
BRING A ROSE comes out of the same race as the above two and was every bit as good (got back, sustained a wide run). She has drawn in here and should enjoy a more economical run in transit.
SELECTIONS: No1 HURSLEY, No2 Alamonteel, No6 Palace Tycoon, No8 Bring A Rose
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Palace Tycoon
R6 3.05pm DEBRA COOMBS HANDICAP 1200m
BUTTERBOOM comes down from Sydney with consistently good form in the book this campaign. Ratings measure right up here and she should get every chance to show how good she is from the positive draw and with Williams booked for the ride.
VIBRANT ROUGE should get her chance to return to the winners' list here. She's drawn nicely and should sit a touch closer than she did when 3rd behind Beirut here two weeks ago. That race was dominated by those on-speed and she was clearly the best of the swoopers. This assignment is no harder.
FORGERESS has bumped into a couple of good winners at her latest outings. Winner was too good last time but she beat the rest well enough. Not sure if back to 1200m is exactly what she is looking for but she can be expected to be strong through the line.
Ex-Waller mare ROCKOLICIOUS makes her debut for the Weir stable here. She has won first-up in the past and is a pretty adaptable type who can be ridden forward or back. Her best runs have come on rain-affected ground so connections will be hoping there is more rain than predicted.
SELECTIONS: No8 BUTTERBOOM, No1 Vibrant Rouge, No2 Forgeress, No3 Rockolicious
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Vibrant Rouge
MAHUTA to tuck in behind what shapes as a pretty frantic tempo. He doesn't have to lead to win - as he showed in both the G3 Carbine Club and the G2 Sandown Guineas last spring. He is unbeaten here at Caulfield and Rawiller boasts a pretty formidable record on the colt (5:4-0-0). There's no reason why he can't show further improvement at his second preparation (stronger, more mature galloper).
FAST 'N' ROCKING always needs the tempo to suit and a slice of luck in running - which is probably why he's won just 5 of his 40 starts. He's a really talented sprinter but he can find trouble, as he did here in the G3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) here two weeks ago. The wide barrier is a tick for him in this because he can sit off the fence throughout and get to the outside around the home bend. No doubt he'll be flying late.
RUNWAY STAR is capable of producing a big run fresh. The Stokes-trained mare has 4 from 6 when first-up and has trialled nicely in preparation for this. She'll be back in the last few early but you only need to have a look at her run in the G1 Sangster Stakes (1200m) to know that she's capable of rattling off some slashing late sectionals.
ODYSSEY MOON was beaten in a sit and sprint last time but he ran well and with race fitness on his side against key rivals today he can be in the finish.
SELECTIONS: No10 MAHUTA, No3 Fast ‘N’ Rocking, No12 Runway Star, No11 Odyssey Moon
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Odyssey Moon
R8 4.25pm LADBROKES ODDS BOOST HANDICAP 1400m
WALL STREET WOLF looks hard to beat here from the gun draw. The step from maiden grade to open class (3YO) is always a significant test but he showed he belongs at this level with a terrific 3rd in a top form race on debut (0.5L off Lord Von Costa). Last start was nothing more than a track gallop at Geelong and the rise to 1400m shouldn't hold any fears.
PRINCE OF BROOKLYN just missed last time, a slowly run 1200m leaving him short of speed when the pressure went on but he was staying on strongly late in the piece. Going to 1400m and with a strong tempo expected here can see him travel into the race and be hard to hold out. Big chance.
MR INDIVIDUAL found the right race last time and did it well. There is more depth to this but he is a good talent and is capable of improving on that winning piece of form.
DIVINE MR ARTIE will run his usual honest race but he does find it hard to win.
SELECTIONS: No13 WALL STREET WOLF, No2 Prince Of Brooklyn, No1 Mr Individual, No3 Divine Mr Artie
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Divine Mr Artie
R9 5.00pm THE CHAMPAGNE POMMERY MASTERS HANDICAP 1400m
MAGICUS can use barrier three to be right there with them. Went out hard at 1200m at the Valley last time, used the pattern of the day and won well. Made slight improvement on the fresh run and now expecting him to take a good step forward out to 1400m third up. Has the most upside here.
CAPRESE continues to race well and along with MARWOOD who can turn the tables on I'M ABLAZE from their meeting here two weeks back. Both ran well and the race was run at a strong tempo so expecting the form to stand right up.
SELECTIONS: No5 MAGICUS, No8 Marwood, No6 Caprese, No7 I’m Ablaze
VALUE RUNNER: No.7 I’m Ablaze